Acrylic Nails

A Little Time (Line) for Pink-and-Whites

Feel like you could stand to sharpen up on your liquid-and-powder application times? Then check out the timeline breakdowns from four experienced pros, and compare your own personal bests (and maybe find a new technique or two along the way).

It’s always time for pink-and-whites in a nail salon-it’s one of the most requested services across the country. Though pink-and-whites are done in polish, acrylic, and gel, the tried and true money-maker for salons has been the acrylic French. And since time is money, it’s important to know how your application method for this service stacks up against others using the same product line.

NAILS asked the educators from different acrylic manufacturers to give us their timelines for how long it takes them to do the most important steps in an acrylic pink-and-white set. Even if you do not use a particular brand, you never know where you might find new techniques.

Check your own methods against these educators and see if you can come up with any new steps to add, or find ways to tighten up and shorten your service. Small improvements in service times can really add up in the long run. Shaving as little as five minutes off a service can add up to hours or even days by year’s end.

Backscratchers Salon Systems- 43 minutes | Diana Snipe, Poway, Calif. 

PREP 10 minutes

> Remove polish with Stripr and cleanse hands with Hygienic Elegance Cleansing Wash: 3 minutes.

> Push back cuticles and shape the free edge using a 240-grit file: 5 minutes.

> Remove shine using a 600-grit file and wipe dust off the nail plate using Nail Neat: 2 minutes.

APPLICATION 25 minutes

> Apply Base Glaze to four nails, then activate the Base Glaze by using the Glaze Dryer. Do the same for the other four nails and then do the two thumbs: 10 minutes.

> Apply tips to all 10 nails: 5 minutes.

> Apply Finish Glaze to one nail and dip it into Extreme Powder. Apply Finish Glaze and then Base Glaze and activate with Glaze Dryer. Do this for all 10 nails, one by one: 10 minutes.

FINISH 8 minutes

> Smooth the entire nail surface using a 240-grit file then a 600-grit file: 4 minutes.

> Apply Extreme Glaze Sealer for a high-gloss shine: 2 minutes.

> Apply Nail Radiance Cuticle Treatment to cuticles: 2 minutes.

EZ Flow- 1 hour 30 minutes | MaeLing Parrish, Columbus, Ohio  

PREP 15 minutes

> Remove the free edge of natural nails and push back cuticles: 7 minutes.

> Remove shine using an electric file and remove dust with EZ Bond: 8 minutes.  

APPLICATION 50 minutes

> Apply primer: 5 minutes.

> Apply forms: 10 minutes.

> Apply acrylic, completing each nail before moving on to the next finger. Apply the white first (one to three balls depending on the deepness of the smile line desired), then the pink (two balls — the first from cuticle to smile line and second for arch and structure): 35 minutes.

FINISH 25 minutes

> Shape free edge with 150-grit file: 5 minutes.

> E-file surface using 180-grit arbor band: 5 minutes.

> Buff using a Sand Shark 240/280-grit: 10 minutes.

> Use Pro-Shiner for a high-gloss shine: 5 minutes.

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